Here's my accountability for some specific struggles I've been working on.
In my disposable diaper tally- I used 7 this past week, but only 1 was out of laziness... the other 6 were when we didn't have water and I wasn't able to wash off dirty diapers, etc...
I didn't leave any laundry in the machine which then needed to be re-washed. So that's a win.
And while some food did get thrown out, it was less than last week. Only 1 cucumber and a little bit of rice that got left out too long...
More than one time I was about to throw out a food (like some food that I didn't care for) and went to take a picture of it before tossing... then because of this post, I rethought what I was doing, and instead of throwing them out, I made them into a yummy meal that was a pleasure to eat. So I'm proud of that.
Here's what we did to save money this past week:
- Foraged eryngo, chickweed, sow thistle, carobs, and lemons
|My foraging haul.|
- Made salmon scrap broth, which I then turned into a delicious chowder.
- Repurposed a few leftover dishes into an omelet for Mike.
- Used up all the cukes in salads before they'd spoil.
- Made super frugal salad with chickweed, eryngo, sow thistle, leftover cucumber and radish salad, the last of the past prime cukes so they wouldn't spoil, the last bits of pickled veggies in a jar, onion greens that grew from my onions, juice from foraged lemons and olive oil from mom's tree.
- Made mujaddara for supper, using leftover onion soup to cook the rice.
- Used leftover lentils together with blended up soft tomatoes as sauce over pasta for supper.
- Made a delicious revamped leftover lunch that everyone liked. I cleaned out my fridge and found a pot of rice (that was made with leftover onion soup) and some roasted eggplant salad made with tahini that I didn't really love how it came out. I took two thighs and two drumsticks, stuck them in my pressure cooker with some water and cooked till mostly soft, then added the eggplant salad and half an open can of tomato paste from the fridge, and some garlic powder, salt, nutritional yeast, and a tad of coconut sugar, and cooked some more. Served the deboned dark meat chicken with the sauce over the rice- even my kid who doesnt like eggplant devoured it. It had a moussaka like taste, with the combo of the eggplant, tahini, nutritional yeast and tomato paste...
- Made soup from chicken carcasses.
- Got some meatball sauce from a friend (who'd made too much sauce for the meatballs she cooked), turned it into tomato soup with lentils, rice, and zucchini.
- Making homemade kombucha.
- Made rice milk.
- Made gluten free vegan mac and cheese entirely from scratch.
- Homemade buckwheat granola bars.
- Made carob powder.
- Made homemade "bread crumbs" from odds and ends around the house.
- Made buckwheat date carob balls.
- Made homemade gluten free carob muffins.
- Made homemade healthy ketchup.
- Got free kids' books from a friend.
- Got some free gluten free pasta from a friend who inherited it and didn't need it.
- Got milk kefir grains from a friend.
- Went super frugally grocery shopping with 57 dollar limit.
- Ordered clothes for the kids and myself from NextDirect.com for lower prices and better quality than what is available here. (Our Next price are lower than the US prices for Next.)
- Did a whole lot of calculations to determine what cooking methods are cheapest.
- Went to a free blogging workshop.
- Had an at-home workout routine, figuring out how to make our pull up bar and exercise bands into the equivalent of an exercise machine.
What did you do to save money this past week? Any accomplishments you're particularly proud of? Any thing you really struggled with?